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Advanced Metering Infrastructure for the Gas Grid

Press Release   •   Sep 23, 2010 17:25 IST

Smart Gas Meters

Advanced Metering Infrastructure for the Gas Grid: Growth Drivers, Business Models, Technology Issues, Key Industry Players and Market Forecasts

The global gas utility market will follow in the footsteps of the electric smart grid industry in updating networks, communications, metering devices, pilots, and ultimately deployments. The smart gas grid will implement many of the same devices as the smart electricity grid, integrating advanced communications with energy measurement to drive greater operational efficiencies for gas utilities as well as reduced energy consumption. In North America, one key driver for the smart gas grid will be major combo-utilities (electric and gas) whose decision making processes will trickle down from their electric advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments. The ability for a combo-utility to participate in submetering – the process where a gas module sends signals to an electricity meter – will further ignite the gas AMI market. Additionally, the combo-utilities receiving stimulus funds for smart grid deployments will act as first-movers, stimulating gas AMI revenues. ( c )

The global and regional gas AMI market runs the gamut, from current active deployments in some European countries to gas hardly being metered at all in others. Asia Pacific and Latin America are particularly interesting regions for gas AMI. Within both regions are developing countries showing massive growth of installed end-points. The year-to-year growth will grow dramatically in parallel with the region’s economic growth, and provides significant opportunity for smart meter and communications vendors as the local governments look to increase efficiency and decrease theft within the gas grid.

This report provides a detailed examination of global and regional smart gas meter trends. It includes an analysis of emerging technologies and standards for network connectivity to gas meters, along with an in-depth review of key industry players. Granular market forecasts are provided for each major world region through 2016.

Key questions addressed:

* What are the key growth drivers for the smart gas meter market?How do these differ by region and country?
* What are the key smart gas meter communications technologies,and how will utilities decide which ones to use?
* What is the size of the global market opportunity for smart gas meters?
* What are the key policy, technology, and economic risks that will influence the evolution of the gas AMI market?
* What are some examples of leading gas utilities that are pioneering smart gas meters?

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